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July 24, 2009

OU wins national award for fundraising

The University of Oklahoma has won top honors nationally for the third time in seven years for its overall performance in private fundraising.

OU is one of 13 public and private research/doctoral institutions to be honored with the 2009 CASE-WealthEngine Award in Educational Fund Raising from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

"We are so pleased to be recognized for our accomplishments in fundraising, which is a true testament to the generous spirit of our alumni and friends and to the visionary leadership of David and Molly Shi Boren," said Tripp Hall, vice president for University Development.

"Last year, we saw a significant increase in giving to endowed chairs and professorships during the closing days of the State Regents Endowment Program's one-to-one match for privately endowed faculty positions," said Hall, noting that OU has raised more than $1.4 billion in gifts and pledges since David Boren became OU's president in 1994. "While gifts to endowed positions contributed greatly to our fundraising success, donors also stepped up to support other important efforts, including the Campaign for Scholarships and the Reforestation Campaign guided by Molly Shi Boren after all three of OU's campuses were devastated by the historic December 2007 ice storm."

The CASE awards are presented annually for either overall performance or overall improvement in fundraising. Institutions cannot apply for the award but instead become eligible for consideration upon submission of data to the Council for Aid to Education's Voluntary Support of Education survey for three or more consecutive years.

OU joins Yale University, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University, UCLA, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in being honored for overall performance in private fundraising.

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